You can use a reciprocating saw to cut loose the drywall from one side, then push the drywall loose at the opposite side. Knock out bearing wall studs with a sledgehammer. Alternately, you can cut the studs at the middle with a reciprocating saw and then pry out the ends with a pry bar.
How to Remove a Load Bearing Wall?
Removing a load bearing wall can be a tricky process and is best left to a professional contractor. That being said, if you are a DIY enthusiast and are confident in your skills, here is how to remove a load bearing wall in a safe and efficient manner.
Before starting the project, consult a structural engineer to ensure that the wall you are about to remove is indeed a load bearing wall. This is very important since removing a non-load bearing wall does not require the same process and does not impact the structure of the home.
Once it is determined that the wall is indeed load bearing, the next step is to create a temporary support system to take the place of the wall. This can be done using a combination of 2x4s, 2x6s, and plywood. Make sure that the pieces are strong enough to support the weight of the load above it. You will also need to measure the length of the wall and cut the pieces accordingly.
Once the temporary support system is in place, it’s time to begin taking down the wall. Start by removing any drywall or plaster from the wall. Use a crowbar and hammer to take out any nails or screws that are holding the wall in place. Then, use